California Will Get More Money to Combat Nutria

For the past two years, the Central Valley has been battling an invasive South American rodent known as nutria, which can wreak severe damage on aquatic infrastructure like dams. The state is now set to receive more federal funds for that effort, thanks to a bill signed into law by President Trump.

The bill was authored by Rep. Josh Harder (D-Turlock). California could receive as much as $12 million per year.

“It’s an incredible honor to have my first bill signed into law by the President – and it’s an example of what we can achieve if we’re willing to come together on commonsense issues,” said Harder (Modesto Bee). “Working together we’re going to protect our farmers, our water infrastructure, and the native ecosystems threatened by the swamp rat menace.”

County News first wrote about nutria in 2018 when the animal was discovered in Stanislaus County. Nutria have also been confirmed in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno, Mariposa, and Tuolumne.

 


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